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Whirligig

Whirligig
Title
Whirligig
Date 
1875-1900
Medium 
Wood, metal, paint
Dimensions 
Overall: 8 x 4 x 3 1/4 in. ( 20.3 x 10.2 x 8.3 cm )
Description 
Carved wooden bird on rotating perch with propellers on either end; perch is mounted on a geometrically carved stand with a circular base; painted red, green, yellow, blue and white.
Credit Line 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number 
INV.5288
Marks 
handwritten: circular label, bottom of base: "578 / AM"
Gallery Label 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Provenance 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group